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The River Tweed

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Other Trips:- St Abbs Head to Pease Bay...... Berwick to Eyemouth...... Circumnavigation of Holy Island...... The Farne Islands...... Beadnell to Boulmer...... Boulmer to Amble...... Coquet Island......

Introduction

Picture of the Royal Tweed Bridge This trip perhaps should not be included in a sea kayaking guide but it is the tidal stretch and sometimes you need a trip for bad conditions.

With the old Elizabethan fortified walls of Berwick, its 16th century bridge, the Royal Border railway bridge one of the longest in europe, old netting cottages, Paxton Hall and the Union Chain bridge,  and in July and August up to 500 mute swans, it is a nice journey in it's own right.

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Description

Distance 20km Berwick to the Chain bridge and back, plus 4km for the excursion up the river White Adder.

Launch from the south side of the river at Berwick, just to the east of the Lifeboat station.
Paddle up the river with a superb view of the Elizabethan fortified walls surrounding the town. Once the most important and prosperous sea port in Scotland, it was captured by the English in 1296 and changed hands 13 times during the next 300 years until the walls were built.
Passing the harbour on the left, becoming busier each year, and pass under the old bridge, finished in 1634 and built on the orders of King James I, the first Scottish king of England.
Don't forget to wave to my Dad who lives on the left between the two bridges.
Next is the Royal Tweed bridge, a concrete structure opened in 1928 by the Prince of Wales (to be King Edward VIII)
Followed by the Royal Border railway bridge, designed by Robert Stephenson and opened by Queen Victoria in 1850.

Keep to the right after this bridge avoiding the inviting Yarrow Slake which is a dead end.
The river now swings in an S, first to the left then to the right first between meadows then past small cliffs as you pass below the new bridge carrying the Berwick bye-pass.

Immediately on the right after this bridge the river Whiteadder joins and makes a nice diversion following it up to the Whiteadder bridge.

Continue up the river passing some small islands on the right.
On the right as you approach the bend to the left in the river is Paxton house, a magnificent house designed and built in 1758, with lovely grounds running down to the river. It makes a good spot to stop for a break.
Past the bend there is a small island on the left, the Union Chain Bridge comes into view.
The Union Chain Bridge makes a convenient place to turn back. Built in 1820, it was the first suspension bridge capable of carrying road vehicles.

If you feel like a short walk there is a honey farm located on the south side of the river 100m from the end of the bridge. It has a visitor centre with everything you ever want to know about bees and selling some delicious honey.
Returning down the river is so much easier than the paddle up and Berwick seems to arrive very quickly.

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Access

There is really only one launching site for this trip.
There is no problem with access for this trip.

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Tidal Info